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India vs Australia | Rather Not See Kohli Being Booed: Ponting

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 8, 2018, 4:27 PM IST
India vs Australia | Rather Not See Kohli Being Booed: Ponting

Virat Kohli in action. (BCCI)

Indian captain Virat Kohli was welcomed with boos by the crowd at the Adelaide Oval when he walked out to bat in the second innings on the third day of the first Test against Australia. Ricky Ponting, well known for his aggression during his playing days, said he did not enjoy seeing that.

“I don’t like seeing it at all," Ponting, who has experience of being booed during the 2009 Ashes tour said, told "It didn’t worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple times. You’ve almost got to accept it as acknowledgement for what you’ve done in the game. But I’d rather not see that happen at all.”

The Indian captain walked out to a warm reception in the first innings, but on the third day a small group from the 30,000-strong crowd were heard booing him. Kohli scored 34 runs during his 104-ball knock before Nathan Lyon had him caught at short leg.

“It’ll be water off a duck’s back (for Kohli), I’m sure," said Ponting. "He’s probably had worse things happen to him on a cricket field, I would have thought, than getting booed by a couple of spectators as he walks on.”

“If anything, it might have steeled him a little bit more. He was hardly playing a shot early in his innings and he looked like he wanted to really ground the Aussies into the deck.”

Talking about the Australian team, Ponting said he was impressed with Travis Head, but stressed he is a “a work-in-progress” as batsman in Test cricket. The former captain has previously worked closely with Head when he had joined as the assistant coach for Australia earlier in the year.

Head, who is playing his third Test, top scored with a gritty 72 in the first innings which helped Australia come to within 15 runs of India’s first innings total.

“I’m really impressed with him as a player and a person,” Ponting said. “He’s very a level-headed young man, he’s very calm and pretty confident in his own game. He’s obviously still a work in progress. There’s not too many Australian batsmen at the moment who are the absolute finished product.”

“If you look at the depth of batting in Australia, you’d think Travis Head’s name will be right at the top of the list (for the Ashes), specially with what we’ve seen in the last couple of games. And he’ll keep getting better, keep improving and learning about himself and what he has to do to have success at the top level. But from what I’ve seen so far, I’ve been pretty impressed with him.”
First Published: December 8, 2018, 4:19 PM IST

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